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Publication numberUS1313457 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 19, 1919
Filing dateMar 6, 1918
Publication numberUS 1313457 A, US 1313457A, US-A-1313457, US1313457 A, US1313457A
InventorsWathau W. Bowhah
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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APPLICATION FILED MAR. s. 1918 Patented Aug. 19, 1919.


i I a ran sra'rns PA N OFFICE.

NATHAN w. rowmnnjor iJUnAND, Wisconsin.


of WVisconsin, has invented certainnew and useful Improvements in Current-Motors, of

which the following is a specification, reference beinghad to theaccompanymg draw-.

ings. This invention relatestowater motors, and particularly to current water motors.

The general object of the invention is the provision of a very simple current motor of this character, including a current wheel having vanesand .a mounting or support for the wheel, whereby it may be supported in a stream, and means for transmitting the power of tl1eOl11 lO11t,W-l1GBl to any desired point. A further object is to provide a current wheel of this character, with improved means whereby the vanes'may be inclined relative to the plane of the wheel, so as to secure a maximum of power from the wheel in accordance with the work to be'done.

Still another object is to provide means whereby the vanes may be turned .from the angle of maximum power :to a. .position where the 'vaneswill be parallel :to the axis of "the wheel to thereby prevent the operationvof the wheel.

A further object :is to provide means for adjustably pred-etermining the angle to which the vanes may be shifted by-the action' ofthe current on the vanes. I

Still another object is to provide a support for the current wheel including :a hollow housing in which the gear 'wheelsand operating shafts are disposed, this housing being of :al'engit'h' to eXtendabove'the water line and being adapted to'receive within it oil, :other lubricant, -or anon-freezing compound. V 4

Other objects will :appearinthe'course of the following description. I. .My invention is illustrated in the accompanyingdrawings, wherein! Figure 11 :is a side elevation partly in section of my improved motor;

Fig, 2 is a sideelevation. partly in section of the wheel and its blade adjusting mechani'sm; and

Fig. *3 is a sectlon on the l1ne33of Fig. 2.

Referrmgto these drawings, and partic ularly to Fig. 1, it will be seen that my Specificati'o'nof Letters 'latent. Patented Aug. 19., 1919. Application filed March e, 19.19. iSerial 1x09220352.

mechanism comprises a vertically disposed hollow standard or housing formed as illustrated of a base 10, a section 11 rising from and supported upon the base and enlarged to provide a chamber 12, and a section 13 formed-a step bearing for the vertical shaft 15, which 'extendsflup through the chamber 12 and throughthehousing section 13 and forms-thetransmission shaft whereby power is transmitted from the wheel to the mechanism to be driven thereby. Disposed within thechaniber 12 is a removable partition 16 thr0ugh which the shaft 15 passes and this .shaftcarries upon it the beveled gear wheel 17.

EXtendingthrough the walls of the chamber .12 at right angles to theshaft 15 is a shaft 18 which'carries abeveledgear wheel 19 intermeshing with the beveledgear wheel I 17, this shaftpassing through thegland or stufling box :20 and mounted 'upon the shaft 18'is the hub- 21 of the Water wheel proper, Disposed concentricallyto this hub and at any suitable distance therefrom is the rim 22 of; the wheel, which .may be of flat metal and connecting this rim with the hub are a plurality of'spokes, these being formed by strips of metal 23, each strip being attached at;one zendto the forward end of the hub, thenrextending upward and zover the rim 22 and then downward rearward -to the inner face ofthe hub. Each .of these strips is ,angularly disposed as will be later a stated. -Disposed in radiating relation from vthe hub are a plurality of vanes or blades 24;,- these-van'es being wider at their outer ends than at their inner. Each of these vanes at its outer endca rries a pivot pin 25 which engages andhas .ro'tative bearing in a perforation in the rim 22 a n'd at its lower end each vane is provided with a clip 26 which engages a pin 27. extending =outwiard from the hub .21.- It will be :noted that the pins 25 and 27 are not-disposed in 'alinement with the axis ofthecorresponding blade-or vane, but disposed. to one side of said axis for a purpose which will be later stated. Extend ingfrom each vane .is an arm 28 which, as illustrated, may form .partof theclip 26. I

I For the purpose of shifting the vanes from aposition where they are parallel ;to

upon shifting the collar 29 in one direction or the other the blades will be shifted from an inoperative to anoperative position and that the angle of the blades to the axis of the shaft will depend upon the extentto which the collar 29 maybe shifted toward the left in Fig. 2. I

Ido not wish to be limited to any particular means for adjustably limiting or stop-' ping themovement of'the collar 29 toward the hub 21, but I have illustrated for this purpose a plurality of stop pins 34 illustrated as three in number, which pass through the collar 29 at equidistant points and which may be adjusted so as to engage with the inner end of the hub 21 when the'collar has been shifted any predetermined distance, thus limiting the degree to which the blades 24 may be turned. l

For the purpose of shifting the collar '29 and thereby shifting the blades 24 from an operative position to an inoperative position, I surround the collar 29 with the annulus-35 which has an annular ribengaging in the groove 30. This annulus is connected by a link 36 to a bell crank lever 87 disposed within the chamber 12 and ,pivotally mounted at its corner in any usual or suitable inanner. The rod or link 36 passes through the stuffing box 38. The depending end of the bell cranklever 37 is longitudinally slotted and engaged by a pin 'on the link 36 and the upper end of the bell crank lever is pivotally connected to a vertically extending rod 39 which extends up through the housing section 13 to any suitable point above the waterlevel and is there screwthreaded as at 40 and engaged by a rotatable hand wheel 41 constituting a nut which bears against an abutment 42 which may be the upper end of the casing-section'13. By rotating this nut in one direction the rod 39 will be lifted up, which will shift the collar 29 to the right in Fig. 2,-and rotate the blades 24 into a position parallel to'the axis of the hub. When, however, the nut constituted by the hand wheel 41 is rotated in the opposite direction,'the pressure of the water will act to rotate the "blades to their angular position until such time as the screw pins 34 engage with the inner end of the hub, when. the blades will be held from further movement and the water will then act upon the blades to rotate the wheel with its maximum effect. This action of the water is secured by displacing the pivot pins of the blades 24 from a position in alinement with the aXis of the blade to a position at one side thereof as will be obvious.

. While I have illustrated the support and which may be supported on floats or sup-- ported on the bed of the stream or otherwisearrangedythis casing 42being disposed on the up-streamside of the current wheel and having the opening at its smaller end of a size approximately that of the wheel itself, this casing acting to direct the current against the wheel and increase the force of this current.

I do not wishto be limited to the use of one wheel as batteries of these Wheels may be. used, in a manner which will be obvious, all of the wheels being connected to a single power transmission shaft. i

1 In the form of my invention which is illustrated the shaft housing is to be filled with lubricating oil, or with some non-freezing compound. The stufling boxes, of course, prevent the leakage of this compound around the shafts'and rods which pass into the housing or prevent the leakage of waterinto theinterior-of the housing. Preferably the strips 22 constituting the. spokes are arranged at the same angle relative to theaxis' of the wheel as are the blades when the blades are turned to their fully operative position, so as to impede the free passage of water and the action of the water against the blades as little as possible. It will be, of course, understood that the .detailsof construction which I have illustrated and de-' scribed can be modified in many ways with out departing from the spiritof the invention as defined in the appended claims.

.Having described my invention, what I claim is 1. A motor of the character described including a vertical housing having a supporting base, a current wheel having a shaft extending at right angles to the housing and entering the housing, a plurality of blades operatively supported upon the shaft and pivotally mounted for movement into or out of a position parallel to the shaft, said housing extending upward to a point entirely above the blades, a collar mounted upon the shaft for rotation therewith but slidable thereon, said collar having linked connection to-the several blades whereby a longitudinal movement of thecollar will shift the blades, a ring mounted upon the collar having a tongue engaging in a groove in the collar, a link connected to the ring extending into said housing, a *bell crank lever mounted in the housing, a vertical rod extending upward through said housing and connected to the upper end of the bell crank lever, means at the upper end of the rod for vertically adjusting it to thereby adjust the blades and a driven shaft extending vertically through the housing and operatively engaged with the current wheel shaft.

2. A motor of the character described comprising a vertically disposed hollow I housing, a vertical shaft carried therein, a

shaft entering the housing at right angles to the vertical shaft to operatively engage therewith, a hub mounted upon the horizontal shaft, a rim disposed concentrically to the hub, spokes supporting the rim from the hub, a plurality of blades rotatably mounted in the hub and rim and adjustable into positions parallel to the axis of the shaft or into angular relation thereto, the vertical housing extending to a point entirely above said blades, a collar slidably mounted upon the shaft but rotatable therewith, a plurality of links each pivotally connected to the collar and to one of said Iblades, a ring surrounding the collar and having tongue and groove engagement therewith, a link connected to said ring and entering the housing, a bell crank lever mounted in the housing and engaging the link, a vertical rod connected to the bell crank and extending up through the housing, and means at the upper end of the rod for vertically adjusting it.

3; A motor of the character described comprising a vertically disposed hollow housing, a vertical shaft carried therein, a

shaft entering the housing at right angles and to one of said blades, a ring surrounding the collar and having tongue and groove engagement therewith, a link connected to said ring and entering the housing, a bell crank lever mounted in the housing and engaging the link, a vertical rod connected to the bell crank and extending up through the housing, means at the upper end of the rod for vertically adjusting it, and means for adjustably limiting the movement of the collar toward the hub.

In testimony whereof I hereunto afiix my signature in the presence of two witnesses.


, Witnesses:


Copies of this patent may be obtained tor five cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of Patents, Washington, D. 0."

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U.S. Classification416/168.00R, 415/4.3
Cooperative ClassificationF03B17/061, B64C11/36, F03B13/264
European ClassificationF03B17/06B, F03B13/26C